14 December 2020 at 9:00 am

Education New Zealand hosts first-ever NZ-China Education Week

Featuring agent seminars and presentations on early childhood education and vocational training, the week-long programme of virtual events reached over 1,000 people in New Zealand and China.

Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia alumnus Elliot during his presentation.

Early Childhood Education Symposium

The inaugural New Zealand-China Early Childhood Education Symposium with China Centre for International People to People Exchange (CCIPPE), an agency under the Ministry of Education of China, was well-received by the audience of over 1,000 people.

ENZ General Manager – International, Lisa Futschek, provided opening remarks alongside distinguished officials from China who expressed support for the dialogue around ECE to continue between our two countries.

“It was very moving to hear Deputy Director General Xiaochun YANG speak te reo Māori in his closing remarks,” ENZ Director – Greater China, Miranda Herbert, said.

“The ECE Symposium highlights the special relationship between New Zealand and China and our long history of engaging in bilateral dialogue in a variety of education related fields to learn from each other.”

Educators tune into the ECE Symposium.

Part of the success of participation was due to CCIPE’s social media post which attracted over 8000 reads (pre-event). CCIPPE article with photos: 2020中国-新西兰学前教育研讨会在线成功举办 (qq.com)

The entire symposium was bilingual – no small feat in a virtual environment. ENZ used subtitles on pre-recorded presentations, interpretation for the live speakers and engaged a bilingual MC with experience in the ECE field.

University of Auckland Associate Dean International – Faculty of Education and Social Work, Marek Tesar, presented a session at the symposium titled “How ECE Teachers Shape Our Children: Fostering Quality ECE Teachers—Formal Education and Professional Development."

“A fantastic event, which brought together an interdisciplinary group of people to discuss the important topic of early childhood education. It has emphasised the many opportunities for ongoing collaboration between New Zealand and China and I hope that this is the first of many such symposia – hopefully in person next time!” he said.

Watch the recording

To view the recorded symposium, please log back into your ECE Symposium Attendee Login. Didn’t have a registration?  Choose Attendee Registration and complete the registration on this website: https://event.dragontrail.com/NZedu/en

Once logged in, navigate to Floor Plan and click “Education Symposium 2020”

Then you will see this screen to click “Playback”


The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) present at Sino-New Zealand Higher Vocational Education.

8th Sino-New Zealand Higher Vocational Education Conference

This year’s Sino-New Zealand Higher Vocational Education conference moved to a virtual platform this year which enabled continued dialogue between New Zealand and China.

Over three half-days, it focused on challenges and innovations in online learning and international collaboration for managers, teachers and researchers in vocational education and training.

Conference organisers, Wintec and co-organiser, Skills International worked closely with China partners Tianjin Light Industrial Vocational Technical College, Qingdao Vocational Technical College and Central Institute for Vocational Technical Education to deliver an engaging event for the live audience in Tianjin and the virtual attendees.

Agent Seminars

The Agent Seminars reached an audience of 500 attendees from across the Greater China region over two days.

Agents were welcomed by New Zealand’s Ambassador to China, H.E. Clare Fearnley, heard from Immigration New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand, and even learned how to order a green tea in te reo Māori.

With over 44 New Zealand institutions and regions exhibiting in the virtual exhibition hall, agents were able to connect through the virtual meeting rooms to have one-on-one conversations. ENZ trialled a virtual conferencing platform created for the China market that allowed our Chinese agents to join via WeChat and tailor their view to local language.

ENZ wants to thank all the exhibitors, presenters and attendees who participated in New Zealand Education Week to help make it a success and we appreciate your adaptability to a China-friendly virtual platform. 

ENZ has received great feedback from both sides on the programme and future partnership opportunities – there is a strong desire to continue dialogue.

Watch the recording

Note, the Agent Seminars were over two days and the majority of presentations are in Chinese language.

To view the recorded seminars, please log back into your Agent Seminars Organization or Attendee Login.

Didn’t have a registration? Choose Attendee Registration and complete the registration on this website: https://event.dragontrail.com/NZedu/en

Once logged in, please navigate to Floor Plan and click “Agent Seminar Presentations”.

Then you will see this screen to click “Playback” for either 25 or 26 November.

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